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  1. Finally completed the hidden winch install while retaining my factory bumper. It took waaaaay to much time and effort so I don't know if I would do it again but I do like knowing it's simple, clean, and unique since I only know of one other truck that has done it as well. I haven't had a chance to cut off the hook and add my Factor 55 cable attachment, or clean the cut around the fairlead, but those are next. Please forgive the dirty appearance, it gets used like a truck.
    9 points
  2. Years ago I was a moderator at Clubtitan.org....did it for many years.. Had a blast helping others with their trucks because when the Titan came out, it was a challenge for sure...but this forum is different. I see many people stepping up to help others...and that makes me proud. Always help others if you can...That's always been my motto and always will be until I take my last breath...Have a blast, help others in the process, share you knowledge without ever looking for a reward. Knowledge is power, share it all the time...trust me, it will make you feel good inside and want to help even more.....
    7 points
  3. You said you couldn't find anything, I found lots of info. You've got to do some additional searching to find more, but I did. You can also contact these places and actually talk to them Call me a troll. Bud, not a troll, I'm a Mod. With your attitude, I'd be surprised if you get much help from many people on here. I'll not provide you the further info I found on your lift. Have fun with your truck, looks like you bought somebody's nightmare
    6 points
  4. Yes. The attorneys will split 12.9 billion dollars and the lucky claimants will each receive a buy one get one half off coupon for a meatless Whopper.
    6 points
  5. Think I'll keep her 7 years, 9 months, 26 days ago on a Sunday Pepper was built. She now has 163,500 trouble free miles on her. This photo was snapped a few months ago at the start of leaf turn. Interior is flawless as is under hood and under body. Body is rust, dent and scratch free. Quite as the day it was built. Shifts flawlessly. Holds an alignment like nothing I've ever owned. Easy on all parts. OEM brakes. OEM battery. One set of tires. Under $50 in 'repair' parts. Facts are that they no longer: 1..) make a 6.5 foot bed, 119" wheelbase single cab, 2.) offer a Flex Fuel option 3.) have ditched the best and most powerful V6 they ever built. 4.) I don't need a PhD to work on it 5.) Gets car like fuel economy even on E-85. 6.) Was paid for the day I bought it and is insurance cheap. I put gas in it, maintain it, drive it. Not for sale. Not for trade. Not for noth'n. Give her a bath and call it new.
    6 points
  6. Grew up in Michigan, the only way to prevent rust is put it in the garage all winter.
    5 points
  7. Been a minute since I've done anything to my truck other than an regular maintenance. FINALLY, after 2 years of searching locally, found a OEM All Terrain grille. The cost (only $120) was justified by the condition.. lots of deep scratches down past the paint, which took me several hours to correct. Learned a lot during the process but happy with the outcome, even after dropping it and cracking the freshly refinished bezel . Luckily the crack is on the bottom and tough to see. Then had to move the light bar mount so that took awhile to fabricate.
    5 points
  8. All 2.7T have the 9.5" rear axle. The 8.6" was only used on the 4.3 trucks 2019-2021. All 3 axles use 75w85 "fuel efficient" synthetic, but 75w90 won't hurt a thing. Transfer case is Dexron 6.
    5 points
  9. Was the code P0128? The thermostat replacement is very simple, can be done in 10-15 minutes to be honest. It's just two hoses and a few bolts that hold it down. You'll lose some coolant on a cold engine but not gallons or anything. Top off the coolant tank when you're done and that's it.
    5 points
  10. "OLD" IS WHEN... "OLD" IS WHEN.. Your friends compliment you on your new alligator shoes and you're barefoot. "OLD" IS WHEN.... A sexy babe catches your eye and your pacemaker opens the garage door. "OLD" IS WHEN... Going bra-less pulls all the wrinkles out of your face. "OLD" IS WHEN. You don't care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don't have to go along. "OLD" IS WHEN..... You are cautioned to slow down by the doctor instead of by the police. "OLD" IS WHEN..... "Getting a little action" means I don't need to take any fiber today. "OLD" IS WHEN..... "Getting lucky" means you find your car in the parking lot. "OLD" IS WHEN..... An "all-nighter" means not getting up to pee.
    5 points
  11. Ok. Lets start at the beginning. AUTO mode. What engages when you push that button on the dash and place it in AUTO? Believe it or not AUTO and 4HI are almost identical in their operations except for one or two key features/components. In 4HI, you push the button, the encoder motor shifts the transfer case into 4HI and the transfer case control module also tells the front axle actuator to engage the front axle. Front axle on all of these (ZR2 models excluded) are an open diff setup. As far as inside the transfer case goes, when you apply 4HI, the encoder motor engages the 4 wheel drive clutch assembly which applies full and the 2/4 wheel actuator shaft engages to 4 wheel and power is transmitted to the front drive shaft. In 4 AUTO, everything I said above is the exact same EXCEPT...the power output is now controlled. The front axle is locked engaged (as others have suggested its the front axle that engages and disengages in AUTO, this is incorrect). The clutch pack and the 2/4 wheel actuator shaft are what controls the power to the front if rear traction loss is predicted or occurring. The TCCM using essentially the ABS and Stabilitrak operations sees the wheel slips and acts accordingly. If there is no traction loss, the TCCM will have the actuator shaft apply little to no engagement of front axle output. The clutch will run 0-5ft.lbs of torque. As traction loss is seen, the actuator engages the shaft and the clutch engages more thus increasing outflow of power to the front. Front axle is always engaged, its power flow isn't. TLDR, AUTO turns it into an AWD system. Transfer case is the determining factor for power flow to the front axle, not the front axle itself. This is why in AUTO you get no crow hop. There is no or little to no power to the front axle. Can AUTO be considered a "high tech traction control system"? No. Traction control is a means of using the ECM, ABS and TCM to control wheel speed to gain traction. Fuel injectors can get cut, throttle body can be closed, ABS can be used to engage a specific wheel brake, and the TCM can upshift the transmission all methods used to CUT power to re-gain traction. Traction control is also used in braking and steering situations, something that AUTO has nothing to do with, therefore it can't be considered a traction control system. Just in case, here's what GM has to say about it right from their service manual: In the 4HI mode, the power flow to the rear propshaft is the same as it is in the 2WD mode. To deliver power flow to the front propshaft during the 4HI position, the transfer case control module commands the 2/4 wheel drive actuator assembly to apply the clutch to a calibrated torque. The 2/4 wheel drive actuator assembly turns the control actuator shaft. A brake in the 2/4 wheel drive actuator assembly holds the control actuator shaft in the full clutch position. The control actuator shaft is cam designed and the cam action moves the control actuator lever. The control actuator lever pivots against the control lever and moves toward the clutch pressure plate, to engage the clutch. As more pressure is applied to the clutch pressure plate, the clutch discs are compressed. Using inner clutch discs, which are engaged with the clutch hub, and the outer clutch discs, which are engaged with the clutch housing, the power flow is delivered to the clutch housing. The clutch hub is splined to the rear output shaft, and the clutch housing rotates on a needle bearing on the rear output shaft. The chain drive sprocket is splined to the clutch housing. The power flows from the drive sprocket, through the chain, to the chain driven sprocket. The driven sprocket is splined to the front output shaft. The power flow is delivered to the front propshaft through the front output shaft . During the Auto 4WD mode, the power flow is the same as it is in the 4HI mode. Except, during the Auto 4WD mode, the 2/4 wheel drive actuator assembly rotates the control actuator shaft to the correct torque level positions. Rotating the control actuator shaft to the various positions changes the clutch torque level. When a difference of front wheel speed to rear wheel speed is recognized, the transfer case control module commands for more, or less clutch torque.
    5 points
  12. New to the forum, just wanted to share some pics of my 3.0l : 17x8.5 Method 315 37x12.5x17 GT Grabbers King 2.5 all four corners Baja Kits UCA DTM Skidplate Custom front bumper
    4 points
  13. I have an at4 with about 1.75" level up front and stock rear blocks. King 2.5 all four corners on 37" A lot of trimming needs to take place but it's doable. 37" on
    4 points
  14. Fogs are only designed for close by visibility. That's for the vehicle driver. Although I think the extra 2 lights on help making the truck more visible to others. Plus I like the looks of vehicles with them on.
    4 points
  15. Roasted a pair of almost new tires….
    4 points
  16. I would argue that because in AUTO mode, there is no power flow to the front end. Yes, the front axle is engaged but there is no power flow to cause binding and crow hop when turning. Which that seems to be the big thing. The only real thing I could find in GM land was this reasoning from the owners manual: Driving on clean, dry pavement in 4hi or 4lo may: -Cause a vibration to be felt in the steering system. -Cause tires to wear faster. In AUTO. You are driving down the road, sunny dry day. The front axle is engaged as it would be. The clutch pack in the transfer case will allow for 0-5ft.lbs of torque to be sent through if there is no demand for 4 wheel drive. I'd have to sit and watch live data but I would think that if you tried to "do a burnout" that the transfer case control module via its monitoring of wheel speed data will see the increase quick enough that it would full apply the clutch in the case and activate power to the front axle. Ergo, it wouldn't let you do a burnout. This can be backed up IMO by doing say a 0-60 or 1/4 mile launch in AUTO mode. No. Non AutoTrak cases do not have that clutch pack. No software update to turn one into an auto truck. Inside of the AutoTrak case: (1)Transfer Case Input Shaft (2)Transfer Case Scissor Mechanism Lever (3)Transfer Case Four Wheel Drive Clutch (4)Transfer Case Front Output Shaft Drive Chain Assembly (5)Transfer Case Rear Output Shaft (6)Transfer Case Two/Four Wheel Drive Actuator Shaft Gear (7)Transfer Case Front Output Shaft (8)Transfer Case Two/Four Wheel Drive Actuator Cam 2, 3, 6 and 8 are the key bits to the AUTO mode. Inside the non AutoTrak transfer case: (1)Input Shaft (2)Two/Four Shift Fork (3)Drive Chain (4)Rear Output Shaft (5)Control Actuator Shaft (6)Front Output Shaft (7)Drive Actuator Cam
    4 points
  17. Put 200lbs in the bed. Its a truck. Empty ride is never as soft as a ride with a load.
    3 points
  18. With the diesel there should be a second owners manual, the Diesel Supplement Manual. Oil weight can be either 15w40 or 5w40 if you have really cold winters. Shell Rotella is a popular choice, Amsoil, Chevron, Mobil Delvac, etc.
    3 points
  19. Every Amsoil product I have used has performed better than the off the shelf products I have used for over 50 years. Motor oil, motor was quieter, transmission fluid, smoother shifts, differential I'm assuming better without testing. No testing done to prove my opinion but my hearing and butt sensor works well enough.
    3 points
  20. Hi all, Here are the 2024 Order Guides for GM HD Trucks - link to download and PDF file attached: Sierra 3500 HD: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HJwhrGNzDrkXsmdPdAHxsb9DrpV1UOOU/view?usp=share_link Silverado 3500 HD: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JIg53Kg8IcT8TaZ21EnuukSFqE0LZtbg/view?usp=share_link Happy speccing. Hope you like my first post :).2024 Sierra 3500 HD Order Guide.pdf 2024 Silverado 3500 HD Order Guide.pdf
    3 points
  21. Transmission fluid is on a 30K change interval which is part of wynns requirement for warranty. The engine is still on a 10K interval. It’s usually changed at 7K miles. It works out that way so I don’t go over miles on my trips. I’ve been using this dealership for 22 years since my wife bought her Acura intagra type r. They have a wall of glass looking into the shop. They use a TQ wrench on everything.
    3 points
  22. Until 2019 I was developing a better CVT fluid for Nissan JATCO made CVT's and determined their NS-3 fluid was as good as it got. Your Honda is made in house and a good unit. Because of the variation in designs I would use a fluid that is designed for the particular unit. Amsoil, Redline, BG make great broad coverage CVT fluids and Subaru,Nissan,Honda have theirs made under contract by Idemitsu in Jeffersonville, IN. If Lubrication Engineers made a CVT fluid that they recommend I would try that too. Ford has its CVT fluids made by Phillips which is the owner of Redline now. CVT fluid is a sacrificial fluid because of the balancing act between design issues, heat, friction reduction and traction COF specifically all these transmissions while sharing CVT are really different. Additives might quiet things but the manufacturer DOES NOT WARRANT use of additives for a reason, they can't be sure it won't interrupt this balancing act the fluid performs. Dealers aren't owned by OEM so they will try to make money off additives and gimmicks that can work or not work well. As long as the dealer covers your use of Wynns then if it works well go for it but it might better to use what Grumpy mentioned or your beloved Amsoil. Whatever you use Stan change it frequently when you can tell it might be worn because the fluid is a shock absorber of sorts for these wonderful little units.
    3 points
  23. Rigged for sure. Have an accident and you are forced to get a lawyer and loose 40 % of your money. What is 18 inches long and hangs around an a$$hole? A tie on a lawyer. Sorry I have a bad disposition for lawyers having dealt with them for years when my Dad was injured on the job. Also involved in a lawsuit against a big corporation.
    3 points
  24. My biggest gripe on this site? One and done posters. Some people ask legit questions and they get answered by someone on here, or those that try to help ask another question and then poof. Gone. No reply back. That's not a reflection of this site, it's just annoying. Otherwise I prefer it here over the facebook groups all day long. If you don't have the notifications turned off it gets WAY out of hand. The amount of keyboard warriors is insane too on those groups. People will provide an answer and like 1 hour later there's 20 other people with wrong answers or just absolutely useless replies.
    3 points
  25. I’ve said this before on this forum, but I was looking for maximum proven reliability on the road for overland off-highway travel and for road trips around the country carrying a 2k lbs slide in camper. My pulling needs are always going to be less than about 8 k lbs and will be fairly local low altitude boat trailer pulling. The 6L90E was exactly what I wanted and so far has delivered trouble-free performance. Bonus is it works great with this engine on this truck. The 10 speed may be slightly better in performance, but I didn’t want to be part of a reliability experiment for a newer transmission installation.
    3 points
  26. 3 points
  27. My 22 year old grandson call me the other day, he had a flat. I know what you’re thinking. I know what my father would have said. I’ve come to realize some people especially some kids just are different. So out there I went to (help) him. Biting my tongue and smiling. Showing him the second time how to change a flat. I told him at thanksgiving he needed tires on a car I gave him. He’s been driving it since he got his license. Of course the spare has never been out and it’s about to rain. The nut is hard to turn and he’s struggling to hold up the hatch because, well you know why the struts are bad. I’m getting tired because you have to back off to clear the threads and start again. He says let me try. He can’t even loosen it, let alone clean the threads. So finally I get the spare out. I’ve come to the conclusion the reason we get ourselves in trouble is the labor and work we performed over our lifetime. We built muscle mass that works against us in our later years. Learning to take it easy and spacing out work is the key. I ended up putting 4 new tires on his car.
    3 points
  28. Slt here with painted to match bumpers, Denali grill and front bumper chrome trim. I personally think chrome looks great on these trucks! I still want a set of 23 Denali ultimate wheels for winters instead of the ugly factory polished
    3 points
  29. This was printed on a t-shirt that just popped up on my computer: "It's weird being the same age as old people."
    3 points
  30. There is no way of knowing without cleaning everything first. There are many places it could be leaking down from. Oil pressure sensor Rear of the valley plate Rear main seal Rear cover gasket Oil pan gasket Those are just a few places it could be coming from. You will need to degrease and clean everything up and watch for the spot the oil leak is coming from.
    3 points
  31. Try running a higher viscosity oil and see if that helps, it may be the bearing clearances are worn to the point that it can't pump enough volume to raise the pressure. I run Castrol 20w50 conventional in my 98 due to that problem and it helps
    3 points
  32. Ok, how about we don't judge anyone here ok?? I'm sure Dave is a smart guy and has his experiences like we've all had.. C'mon all..... we have different opinions of what we've read from GM and different real world experiences in the real world...Can we all share our real world experiences with no judgment? Please?
    3 points
  33. I installed lettering for the bed caps similar to the tailgate letter inserts. We shall see how well they hold up to driving and washing. Hopefully they do well since they are supposedly an Officially Licensed GM product.
    3 points
  34. When I was a kid, my mother had a 77 Nova and we road tripped from MN to CA and back in that car. We blew a radiator hose in the desert coming back and a stranger took me, my sister and mom to town and insisted he bought the hose and installed it and we were back on the road. That guys good deed is still brought up from time to time.
    3 points
  35. Yes and no for me. Factory nav tends to be more reliable as onstar uses multiple carriers and sattelites to work. Also the new nav systems are pretty interactive. Also until my recent truck I would have to plug my phone in and screw around with multiple apps running, texting at the same time. My real beef is car play, its still clunky. The real thing that bothers me with car play is its half in half out as in doesnt really control everything. Its needs to be one system that does everything.
    3 points
  36. For me every new piece of high-end stereo equipment. New piece in a couple weeks.
    3 points
  37. Retired at 58, 10 years ago. Two happiest days of my life, birth, retirement.
    3 points
  38. I belong to 6 forums, I like helping but I tire of the ones who defy logic or the ones' you lead to water but want to drown.
    3 points
  39. It ought to as they both use the Magna MP3023 transfer case! GM started using it in 2009 and Jeep shortly thereafter if memory serves.
    3 points
  40. Happy New year Y’all! quick 60-130 pull. Not a clean run but it’s the only one that saved with a video. Did a couple more pull after this and got a 8.72. Keep in mind this is a crew cab standard bed. Clocked in at almost 5900 on the scale.
    3 points
  41. I did some fairly involved stuff on a Ram truck site and was happy to make project threads with lots of pictures. I even had people with unrelated vehicles join just to say "hey, I was trying to figure this out and a search brought me here, so Thanks". It is a good feeling to learn and pass on the knowledge. Here, I'm relying upon others for help since this is my first Chevrolet. And I'm appreciative of all of you.
    3 points
  42. I picked up a 2014 Silverado LT 141k miles in October. My first Chevy. I had to leave ford behind. The 5.4 was the final nail in the coffin for me. Anyways. I'm loving the truck so far. I did all my homework before deciding what I wanted to get. I actually didn't want one this new but all the 2004 to 2008 Crew Cab 4x4 trucks are priced ignorant now and for the past 2 years really. I just can't pay $15000 for a old arse Cat eye with 300k on it. Found this 2014 it checked all the boxes so I popped. My plans, god willing, is to drive the wheels off this thing. I did my tranny over the thanksgiving break. I installed the Superior Solutions kit in the thermostat. The transmission was stressing me out the first day I got it. Damn thing would run up to 195 just driving down the road. Now the highest I have seen is 160. Stop and go traffic. Interstate runs about 145. Good peace of mind now. The install is super easy. I also did my filter and flushed out all the fluid. Running fresh Amsoil now. Here are some good videos on the process. Don Smith has a lot of knowledge. Only pain part is getting that pan out. Damn engineers. I had to take the tranny lose from the crossmember and jack it up against the body. Still was a pain. I would suggest a buddy. I would not have been able to get the pan out by myself. I still had to pry the exhaust down while he yanked it out. I did not install a drain plug. I would suggest planning that if you are keeping the truck for any length of time. Or replace the pan. Huge cost difference between those options. She purrs now. Smooth shifts. I'm very happy with the outcome. I flushed it until it was clean fresh fluid coming out. Took about 16 quarts I think. I wanted to make sure I got it all out the converter also. That's including the fill. The magnet was clean nothing abnormal on it. I hope I got lucky. I will be doing my Front and rear next. Also hearing something about the drive shafts exploding at high speeds. I'm not drag racing my truck so I am probably safe but still something to keep an eye on. Luckily the previous owner deleted the DOD/AFM. I don't have any history on the truck. I am still learning a lot. I hope it was done the best way by replacing the cams and lifters etc. But I have not dug that deep yet. I could have an upgraded torque converter for all I know. Need to see if there is a way to peak in the bellhousing and check. Those are the 3 biggest bullet proof items I know of. Keep an eye on your sharkfin. They tend to leak if it hasn't been replaced. I did that a few weeks ago. Easy fix. Also have the AC condenser weld leak you may be dealing with. If your AC goes out check the right side of you condenser if it's wet that's the issue. Below are some videos on the AC issues. Sorry it's a little long winded. But we all have to stick together. If you take your truck in for the AC condenser they will try to charge you $2000 when you can do it yourself for maybe $300. I am loving the package chevy has put together in this Silverado so far. Hope some of this helped. Here is my girl. Damn sexy rig I must say. Nice and stock.
    3 points
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